Where did humans probably evolve?
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The earliest remains of what were probably our ancestors are those of human like apes called Australopithecus, which date back more than three million years. These creatures walked erect and looked similar to us, but their brain capacity was small.
Several forms of Australopithecus have been found. All of them were much shorter than modern humans, and their teeth show that they had a vegetarian diet.
What remains of ancient humans have been found?
The first true human appeared around two million years ago in Africa. It has been named Homo habilis ('handy man') because it used primitive stone tools.
It was still rather ape-like, however, and was soon replaced by Homo erectus, which looked very much like us. lt had a much heavier jaw, bony ridges over the eyes and a sloped-back forehead. Homo erectus appeared about 1.6 million years ago. Only a few incomplete fossils of these early humans have been found, but their tools have been discovered in large numbers
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